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"Such powerful stories need powerful dancers, and the entire company are a joy to watch as they

demonstrate the pain, joy and strength behind these women’s stories. An inspiring and emotional

show." - Claire Roderick - Fairy Powered Productions

A raw and uplifting celebration of womanhood which uses music, spoken word and exhilarating choreography to explore the female experience.


On this humorous, poignant and empowering journey, we encounter mothers, daughters, sisters and friends as we shift and emerge into new worlds, from Greggs in Leeds, to the beaches of Cornwall and everywhere in between. These worlds and the stories within are a colourful mix of fantasy and reality. With stories gathered and shared by women’s groups across Greater Manchester, this work searches to connect women to each other, and to themselves.


The Cocoon premiered at Z Arts in 2019 to great acclaim and subsequently embarked on performances in both Manchester and London, with a newly commissioned musical score by Richard Smithson, and an updated cast of five unapologetically fearless female dancers. 

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Choreographed by: Fern Wareham & Rachel Maffei

Performed by: Fern Wareham, Rachel Maffei, Jemma Stein, Rebecca Callow, Jenna Nathan, Emily Barber

Composer: Richard Smithson

Photography/Videography: Josh Hawkins

Commissioned by: Blue Elephant Theatre (London), New Adelphi Theatre (Salford), Z-Arts (Manchester) 

Supported by:

The Cocoon

The Cocoon

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